Here is the September edition of Battle of the Beauty Subs. This post is extremely late due to technical difficulties with Birchbox’s email system. I did not receive my sample choice email or my Birchbox for the month of September until today. After several emails to Birchbox, they have corrected the issue, compensated for the error and sent me a replacement box. They do have excellent customer service.
I am still very upset that my original Birchbox items are lost and I received a “replacement box”, but everything happens for a reason and maybe I was meant to have these items. I did not receive October’s sample choice email so that box is a mystery as well.
Every month Birchbox provides a curated box of beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples for $10/month. You can either pick 2/5 samples per month or choose a guest editor box with all products chosen by the guest editor. They also have a point system that translates to cash for purchases online or at the Birchbox store. A beauty profile questionnaire is available to better suite your interests. I find that they do generally follow your profile answers. Birchbox tends to send higher end products so they rarely include full-size items. Birchbox can be purchased yearly or gifted. You can subscribe to Birchbox here.
Every month Ipsy provides 5 full-size or deluxe sample products in a cute little travel size makeup bag for $10/month. Ipsy focuses mostly on makeup with the occasional hair/skin product. They also provide a beauty quiz to tailor your needs. I’m not sure how much weight my answers hold with Ipsy. There is a wait list but they provide opportunities to skip it. Ipsy will send some drugstore brands but they include full-size items more frequently. It can be purchased yearly, but due to the wait list it cannot be gifted. You can subscribe to Ipsy here.
Birchbox September 2015 theme: You’re Beautiful
This month is Birchbox’s 5 year anniversary and the box was part of the celebration. It included a 20% off coupon that was expired by the time I got it.
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream in deluxe size|Full-size $25
Helmut Lang Cuiron frangrance sample-size|Full-size $165
ModelCo Ultra Long_latin Lipstick in Smitten Full-Size|Full-size $20
Renee Furterer Absolute Keratine Sublime Renewal Leave In Cream in deluxe-size|Full-size $40
Touché Esfoliante da Corpo-Bianca in deluxe-size|Full-size $32
Ipsy September 2015 theme: Face Fashion
I Cashed in my points this month to receive treStiQue’s Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold but Ipsy sent me the wrong color. I emailed them and they immediately sent the correct item and allowed me to keep the incorrect item. YAY!! 2 for the price of 1.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub in deluxe size|Full-size $9.99
Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush in Full-size $6.99
Nyx Cosmetics Ipsy Eyeshadow Trio in full-size (price unknown-limited edition)
J. Cat Beauty #MOTD Waterproof Slide on Pencil for Eyes in Bronze in full-size $3.99
Formula X Nail Color in Ignite deluxe size|Full-size $10.50
I had problems with both subscription services this month and both responded and corrected the issue in a professional and timely fashion. To be honest, I wasn’t excited about either subscription this month. Ipsy appeared nice on the surface but all items were cheap and didn’t work well (accept the Acure Scrub). I think that Birchbox’s hands were tied and they had to send me leftovers when my original box got lost in the mail. I do hope that box makes an appearance because it had some great brands in it. I am going with Birchbox this month only because I like the brand Tocca and they included something unique & original (Coffee Caffeine Eye Cream).
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Has anyone else experienced problems with your subscription service? I would love to hear about it!!